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Schools donate to CARES food pantry


     CARES would like to thank our local area schools for the generous donations given to us during the holiday season.  These donations allow us to continue to feed those that are in need of help.  We would like to thank Pickens High School and Leslie Zuidema, Tate Elementary and Gina Pyles, Pickens County Middle School and Paula Henderson, Jasper Elementary and Jennie Hutto Smith and Principal David Wilds, and Harmony Elementary and Susan Anderson.  Harmony Elementary has gone above and beyond leading all schools in donations for the past several years.

Woodstock man kills mother


     Cherokee Sheriff's deputies responded to the Brookmill Apartments off Highway 92 in Woodstock Sunday night at approximately 9pm after a 21 year old man called 911 and told dispatchers he had killed his mother during a domestic dispute. Deputies arrived at the apartment and located Michael Jacobs, 21 years old of Woodstock, and his deceased mother Melony Jacobs, 54 years old of Woodstock, inside the apartment. The victim appeared to

Man stabbed in Cherokee; sheriff seek public's help locating suspect


 Cherokee Sheriff's detectives responded to Northside Cherokee hospital Saturday night after they were notified there was a patient in the emergency room being treated for multiple stab wounds. Brandal Byrd, 43 years old of Canton received stab wounds to his back, head and abdomen. He was released from the hospital after being treated for his injuries.
   Detectives determined that the stabbing took place on Waleska Road near Mill Street in Canton at approximately 8:00 pm. Brian Miller, 28 years old of Canton, is suspected of committing the stabbing. He was last seen driving a dark colored SUV with a cracked windshield. Miller is currently wanted for Aggravated Assault charges related to this incident. Anyone with any information on Miller's whereabouts is urged to call 911.

Ga. gas prices fall to start year


January 4- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.89/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.99/g, according to gasoline price website

Areas nearby Georgia and their current gas price climate:
Augusta- $1.85/g, down 2.8 cents per gallon from last week's $1.88/g.
Macon- $1.85/g, down 1.2 cents per gallon from last week's $1.86/g.
Atlanta- $1.90/g, down 1.5 cents per gallon from last week's $1.92/g.

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 5.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 19.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"Talk about starting the New Year off right," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "The national average at $1.99 is a great way to begin 2016, and over twenty cents lower than where we started 2015. The good news is that we could see even more price drops before the seasonal lift that will likely begin as we push towards Spring. For any Americans that made resolutions to try and spend less at the pump this year, I think they will be in good shape to achieve that. The fundamentals of oil remain weak which will contribute to low oil prices for some time, while gasoline demand will likely move lower now with the holidays behind us, putting downward pressure on gasoline prices," DeHaan said.

GasBuddy will be unveiling its 2016 Fuel Outlook in the weeks ahead, which will shed light on what the fuel price climate will be for motorists in the year ahead.

For a complete listing of current averages and other fuel price data, visit For fuel news and alerts, follow @GasBuddyNews on Twitter.


GasBuddy is the premiere source for real-time local gas prices. Founded in 2000, developed as an initiative to provide consumers access to local, current gas prices. Through the website and the free GasBuddy mobile app, users can find and share gas prices with fellow drivers, saving big money at the pump.

From Tom to Trees: The Top Stories of 2015

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    The filiming of the new Tom Cruise movie Mena in downtown Ball Ground was one of our Top Stories from 2015. We've compiled a list of most important stories as well as those that had the most hits online. Check out this week's print and online editions to find out which ones made the cut.